The Carriageworks Theatre
If you are looking for traditional family pantomime then head for The Carriageworks Theatre. Paul Holman productions are renown for the
comedy, glamour and audience participation of their productions and this year is no exception.
In his 6th Leeds panto season, Jez Edwards as Muddles drives the show with his boundless energy and his own inimitable brand of humour whilst former G4 member, Jonathan Ansell makes a dashing Prince Robin. Ansell has great pantomime skills and slips seamlessly from the comedy to his romantic role and blends beautifully with Lisa Kelsey’s fairy tale true Snow White.
Brigid Lohrey is a foreboding Wicked Queen aided and abetted by Simon Kingsley as Herman the Henchman but the two of them elicited only a couple of boos – always the sign of something amiss – and the possible reason? Overly long chunks of dialogue delivered in dimly lit lengthy scenes that dragged the production out and made it loose momentum.
After a while Herman the Henchman dragging his leg and making fun of his infliction became annoying and spooky especially for the tiny tots and caused some patrons to remark it was “non p.c.” as making fun of a disability can be very upsetting .
As Dame Dolly Dumpling, Adam Daye works hard and amazes with his fabulously garish frocks and spot on impersonations but lacks the in your face, brash and brazen attitude and cutting edge humour that makes a traditional pantomime dame.
Jennifer Webster is a sparkling Forest Fairy that all the little girls love and amazes with her speciality aerial silks act.
To 10th January